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The Life of Jesus (1997)

La vie de Jésus (original title)
A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »

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Bruno Dumont

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Bruno Dumont (scenario)

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Cast

Credited cast:
David Douche David Douche ... Freddy
Marjorie Cottreel Marjorie Cottreel ... Marie
Kader Chaatouf Kader Chaatouf ... Kader
Sébastien Delbaere Sébastien Delbaere ... Gégé
Samuel Boidin Samuel Boidin ... Michou
Steve Smagghe Steve Smagghe ... Robert
Sébastien Bailleul Sébastien Bailleul ... Quinquin
Geneviève Cottreel Geneviève Cottreel ... Yvette - la mère de Freddy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Berteloot Suzanne Berteloot ... L'infirmière (as Suzanne Bertelot)
Hélène Blaevoet Hélène Blaevoet ... La collègue de Marie
Madame Chaatouf Madame Chaatouf ... La mère de Kader
Monsieur Chaatouf Monsieur Chaatouf ... Le père de Kader
Harmonie de Bailleul Harmonie de Bailleul ... Eux-mêmes
Melinda Deseure Melinda Deseure ... La chef des majorettes
Francis Desure Francis Desure ... Le policier avec Freddy
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A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their aggressive feelings towards Arab immigrants. Freddy is in love with Marie, a cashier at a local supermarket. When she is proposed to by Kader, a young Arab man, Freddy and his friends have an idea: they decide to punish Kader for what they call "such a provocation." After they have raped another girl, Marie finally commits to Kader, which seals his fate. Written by Philippe Petit <Philippe.Petit@pobox.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

4 June 1997 (France) See more »

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The Life of Jesus See more »

Filming Locations:

Bailleul, Nord, France

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Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Excellent Film Debut about Bored Listless youth in France
14 February 2010 | by dfwforeignbuffSee all my reviews

Freddy & his friends are all unemployed. They try to pass away the time by wandering around on their motorcycles & by directing their aggressive feelings towards Arabic immigrants. Freddy is in love with Marie, a cashier at a local supermarket. When she is mad at Freddy & starts dating Kader, an young Arab man, Freddy & his friends have an idea: they decide to punish Kader for what they call "such a provocation." After they have raped another girl, Marie finally commits to Kader, which seals his fate. Freddy & Marie (played by David Douche & Marjorie Cottreel) are two teenagers with their futures uncertain & their present undefined. They ride motorbikes, they have sex — communication like any other sort. But in their hometown of Bailleul in Flanders, where news from the world-at-large disappears just as quickly as it drifts in, death proves to be inescapable & decidedly permanent. As the film's powerful climax unfolds, the viewer will come away with his or her own interpretation of how the life of Christ has figured into the story of Freddy & Marie — a contemplation on mercy. This is probably the most interesting film I've ever seen about boredom. It has much in common with some of the films of Bresson, presenting an environment of extreme emptiness, all the while finding its own rhythm & fee. It is beautifully filmed with great vistas of the Bailleul Flanders area. (Where a lot of the French painters painted) It's a slow story not much happens but I found it very interesting & it kept me interested. Freddy is a strange guy with his epilepsy & liking for brutal sex which does nothing for the needs of his girlfriend. He has great tenderness for his finch but a hatred of Arabs. Mom does not go far enough in making him work. It is such an interesting film I am sure I will watch his others soon. It is hard to believe that this is the debut feature film of Dumont. Dumont included extreme close-ups of penetration to emphasize the animal nature of the sex act. 5 stars


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